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PBT Extra: Can Blake Griffin’s fourth quarter struggles be blamed on short Clippers’ bench?

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Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin reacts after hitting his shot and a chance for a three point during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Spurs won 111-107. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT


This much we know: Blake Griffin is struggling in the fourth quarter against San Antonio in the Clippers’ first round playoff series (currently led by San Antonio 3-2). Griffin was 1-of-9 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, he is now 4-of-21 in the fourth in this series.

And he looks tired, without spring in his step come the fourth quarter. That’s why he’s 1-of-9 on jump shots in the fourth (and left a key free throw short in Game 5). His legs aren’t under him. (Tim Duncan guarding him in Game 5 didn’t help, either.)

Doc Rivers tried to downplay the bench issue after the game, but Doc the coach needs to tell Doc the GM to improve the bench this offseason.